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Monday, December 3, 2012

Boys Will Be Boys So Hand Make Their Toys: Policeman Dress-up Softies

Welcome to day one of "Boys Will Be Boys So . . . Handmake Their Toys".

Police Softie Pattern

This set of Police softies has been on my "To Do" list since my two oldest boys decided they wanted to be cops for Halloween.  Once I'd made them police hats and we'd put the rest of their costumes together, it was only natural for one of them to start asking for the accessories to go along.  They've been making due, for the last few months, with odds and ends from the dress up bins.  It never ceases to amaze me what these boys can turn into a weapon. The youngest turned a whale into a gun the other day.

To make your own set you'll need the following:

- printable pattern (3 pages)
- white cotton fabric scraps
- polyester fiberfill
- fabric or acrylic paint
- 6 inch piece of single fold bias tape, twill tape, or ribbon
- chopstick or point turner

Follow the directions on the pattern to cut out the pattern pieces.  With right sides together sew each piece to it's match, leaving a 1 inch whole and back stitching at the beginning and end of each seam.


Clip the curves.  Then, using a chopstick or point turner, turn each piece right side out.


Using small pieces of fiberfill at a time, fill each shape, using the chopstick to pack the fiber fill in snuggly.  Make sure to leave room at the opening in order to turn and sew the open edge.


Sew each opening using a slip stitch and then paint on the details of each accessory.  Before painting the handcuffs, you'll need to insert your piece of twill tape, ribbon, or if using bias tape simpley fold each long side into the center and then in half again.  Sew along the open edge with a 1/4 inch seam to form a long "strip".  Insert one end into each opening of the handcuffs, fold the raw edges in and edge stitch closed.


The provided pdf file contains pattern pieces for each of the above:  walkie-talkie, badge, whistle, 1 set of handcuffs and three keys.

Police Softie Pattern

I'm a big fan of soft toys, especially for boys because a) they're quiet, b) they require the boys to use their vast imaginations and c) when the pretend cops get a little out of control . . . no one gets hurt.


Now that these are finished and I've hidden them away, I'm dying to give them to the boys.  Man, oh man, is it hard to wait until Christmas!


And guess what?  As part of Sew, Mama, Sew's Giveaway Day, I'm giving away a set to one lucky winner.  Just leave a comment below telling me what kind of soft toy set your kid/s would like to have (examples:  firemen tools, knights, doctor set ect.), along with your e-mail address so I have your contact information.

********Update:  Giveaway is now closed ********

The police man softie giveaway will be open until December 7th and a winner will be chosen by random.org on December 9th.  The set will be mailed by December 14th so it will arrive just in time for Christmas!


Now hop on over to If Only They Would Nap for Jess's fabulous Monster Art Carrier tutorial as well as today's HUGE "Boys Will Be Boys . . ." giveaway.  Two Words:  Fabric Fairy!!!!!


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33 comments:

  1. My younger boys would love the police set. That is really cute.

    marypichotta@yahoo.com

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  2. Hum, girls will be girls, but I think it would be fun to watch my daughters playing with police stuff !

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  3. So cute! My son would love anything tools or police.

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  4. I think a soldier set would be awesome! Or maybe a sailor (Pirate)! amccrerrand(at)gmail(dot)com!

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  5. SO fun! I'm currently pregnant with baby #3 * Our FIRST BOY! * so I'd love to win a set of fun, handcrafted, BOY toys! :) I think a pirate set (patch, treasure box, coins, sword) would be tons of fun for boys and girls!
    Happy day!
    Michelle
    www.daydreambelievers.net
    daydreambelievershop (at) gmail (dot) com

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  6. My girls would love a doctors kit for sure!

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  7. A doctor set would be awesome! Thanks for the chance!
    mjp0419 at gmail dot com

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  8. Daddy's a doctor so a doctor set it would be! My girls would love it! alidamakes@gmail.com

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  9. I love these toys!!! you did such a good job, i love the handcuffs, they are just too cute!!!

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  10. My nephew would love a superhero set. Any ol' superhero would do.
    karen(at)lintonville(dot)com

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  11. Everything right now is Peter Pan, so a pirate set would be awesome.

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  12. My son would love a tool set or a camping set! peachstateme (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  13. These are soooo cute! I have two boys and they would love them! Thank you for sharing.

    Melissa
    redflycreations.blogspot.com

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  15. Ok confession ~ I have no children, BUT, I have two Granddaughters, and a very, VERY boy-ish Grandson. I know he would love the police set because his Uncle is a security guard hoping to move into police work. This would be great for him.

    I had three boys so I had to laugh at your comment about soft toys not making noise and how they don't cause injuries either. Two of my boys were twins and from the time they were 3 months old I learned to carefully select their toys. Back then Fisher Price made a rattle that looked like a flower on one side and had a mirror on the back with a striped handle. My twins used those flowers as weapons against each other bashing each others heads constantly. LOL Needless to say the flower rattles went bye-bye. (and no, I didn't get my boys flowers to play with. Back in 1986 we didn't have the awesome choices there are now for boy baby toys)

    vburr at charter dot net

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  16. firefighters or maybe a circus set (juggling rings/balls/bowling pins, top hat, clown nose?)

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  17. My son has been obsessing about police toys since he saw a kind of cheesy FBI set in a toy catalog -love the soft set - so much better! Would love a camping set as that is popular at our house too

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  18. Wow! I think my nephew would love these.
    I think he would go nuts for a knight set.
    Thank you!
    lisa(at)vetteklisa(dot)com

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  19. those are so cute! My boys would love all of them but I think the police set is pretty cool! Thanks!

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  20. i got boys. they throw things. oh wait, EVERYTHING!! so any thing "ninja star"y is fun. gramma made some out of corduroy and we love them. Thanks

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  21. My little guy would love a construction worker/tool set!

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  22. My son would love to have soft worker or builder toys!
    enerle(at)arcor.de

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  23. These look like lots of fun! My boys would have fun with these for sure. My boys are also into cowboys/ western stuff, the Civil War/ military stuff, and of course Knights.

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  24. These are awesome! If my boys had their choice they'd choose pirate or knight toys, but they love anything new and fun! :)

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  25. I think my boys would love to play with police stuff.
    jcmpmorrison(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. My son loves to play policeman since daddy is a real one. These would be fantastic since he likes to play arrest us and sends us to jail.

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  27. My son would love the police set. That is really cute.

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  28. My daughter and her boy cousin love to play with tools. A soft set would be nice!

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  29. My kids play doctor all of the time, but my son is starting to show an interest in Police stuff, I hear a lot of wewo,,wewo.., I pinned your tutorial, thanks for sharing. http://pinterest.com/pin/271130840038331922/

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  30. I am sure my daughter would like a set of "princess" softies. teachloveread(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  31. Really cute & ideal for the little guys! Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

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